Healthy Food On The Run
Every entrepreneur knows how easy it is to grab a granola/snack bar and go! There was a time when I used to live on quick packaged foods like these. It was my breakfast when I was in a rush, and my emergency snack when I missed a meal. And while there are many health benefits to things like granola, sadly we don’t reap the benefits when we turn to pre-packaged foods. Granola is high in fiber, helps with digestion, reduces cholesterol, and helps with energy levels thanks to the mineral manganese.
I know what it’s like to live a busy life. And I also know how important convenience is when you’re trying to juggle work, family etc. With a bit of prep work, you can still enjoy the convenience of snack bars! How? By following this simple and healthy recipe to making homemade granola.
Nut-Free/Gluten-Free Granola Bars
2-Cups Organic Oats
2/3-Cups Organic Coconut Sugar
1-Cup Gluten Free Flour (I use coconut flour)
1/2-tsp Baking Soda (I made without because I didn’t have it on hand, and it turned out great!)
1/2-tsp Baking Powder
1-tsp Salt (I used 1/2 tsp because I find the pumpkin seed butter salty enough)
1-tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2-Cups Raw Organic Honey (heat to soften)
2-tablespoons Coconut Oil (heat to soften)
1/4-1/2 Cups Sunflower Seed or Pumpkin Seed Butter (I used Pumpkin Seed Butter)
1/4-Cups Sunflower Seeds
1/4-Cups Pumpkin Seeds
1/4-Cups Carob Chips (Not part of the original recipe, but I added this in order to make it look enticing to the kids…and I prefer carob to chocolate)
Mix all ingredients together. This will appear challenging at first because the seed butters and honey are gooey, but just keep working the mixture with a fork or wooden spoon. Once mixed, press into a greased pan (I use coconut oil to grease it), approx. 9×13. The dough will be VERY dry and crumbly, but that’s ok. Continue to press until the dough forms with the pan. Bake at 325 degrees for approx. 20 minutes or until the edges are browned. Remove from oven and let sit until completely cooled. Cut into strips or squares and store in snack sized bags or a tupperware container. I freeze mine and remove as needed. You may find some pieces will stick to the pan or crumble off the bars. Keep in a separate container and use as granola (perfect for topping yoghurt!). ENJOY!